Lewis Hamilton has got a very special look. Everybody (apart from his rivals) prefers his style on track, renamed “HAMmertime” by Mercedes.When the double world champion in title presses this button, even his team-mate isn’t able to worry him. Williams is in the top 3. Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz Jr et Felipe Nasr are sensational. Let’s review these first qualifying tries of the season…
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Lewis Hamilton has been invincible in the three sessions (Q1: P1 in 1’28’’586, Q2: P1 in 1’26’’874 and pole in 1’26’’327. Bernie Ecclestone told the British newspaper « The Independant » that the German GP is dead. The round won’t be replaced if it’s cancelled. He’ll help neither the Nürbürgring nor Hockenheimring. No money, no race! Germany is also disappointed because Nico Rosberg has been unlucky today (2nd:+0’’594s). His engine was capricious in Q2 and his first run in Q3 ended on an off-track just before the entry of the pits. Felipe Massa, excellent third (+1’’391s), has won the fight with Ferrari. Williams is the second fastest team of the line-up. Niki Lauda congratulated Sebastian Vettel for his great result (4th) but the Little Prince from Heppenheim replied to him: « not perfect but good ». He’ll aim the podium on tomorrow. The new Red doesn’t forget his former team and he visited them with his physio Antti Kontsas. http://twitter.com/redbullf1spy/status/576684343608901632 Kimi Räikkönen, fifth, has lost his bet: he’s not in the top 4. Because of a mistake in the last corner, Valtteri Bottas has failed in sixth position but this incident will let him another bad memory… http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/118051 ; http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/118055 Daniel Ricciardo has saved Red Bull’s honour with the seventh time. Mark Webber had to expect better for his fellow-countryman but only the race does matter. His girlfriend Jemma Boskovich will be here to cheer for her Smiling Dan. http://sutton-images.com/previews/dcd1514ma1175.jpg Carlos Sainz Jr, fantastic eighth, has been very impressive since yesterday. Lotus has booked the fifth line (advantage for Romain Grosjean). Felipe Nasr, eleventh, has been the second good surprise of the afternoon. He has taken the advantage on his more experienced team-mate (P16 for Marcus Ericsson). Max Verstappen has fallen down at the twelfth place. Daniil Kvyat has occupied the thirteenth row (gearbox issues). Nico Hülkenberg, fourteenth, has outstripped Sergio Perez. The predictions of Jenson Button have been true. McLaren has been the good last one (advantage for Mr Moustache).
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